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  • Tech CEOs say Liberal innovation agenda does little to help firms scale

    first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government’s big-ticket efforts to support high-growth tech firms are offering little for emerging companies that have already outgrown the fledgling start-up phase, according to a new survey of CEOs in Canada’s sector.The insights are among the early findings of a three-year research project focused on properly defining mid-sized “scale-up” firms, outlining what prevents them from growing into big companies in Canada and ensuring they’re central to policy discussions.“Scale-ups do not see their interests reflected in the federal innovation agenda,” said a document summarizing the opinions of executives at 48 of these firms during interviews last summer. The research is a collaboration between industry and the University of Toronto.The research is partly funded by Toronto-based tech company Delvinia. Adam Froman, the firm’s founder and CEO, said he’s made use of many different federal programs over the last 20 years — and has seen the gaps for scale-ups.The problem, he said, is that without ongoing support, made-in-Canada firms are being purchased by foreign entities, which also gobble up valuable intellectual property Ottawa helped pay for.“We’re exiting too early and the government doesn’t recognize it,” Froman said.Ottawa, he said, remains focused on helping firms with annual revenues under $10 million a year, when it should continue its supports for the “most-at-risk companies” bringing in between $10 million and $100 million per year.“If we can actually help more companies become $50-million companies, $100-million companies and stay in Canada, this will have a material impact on the future of Canada’s economic prosperity,” he said.Froman added that scale-ups are looking for continued support beyond financial help and “handouts.” For instance, he said the government could do a better job promoting “Canada House” as a space where Canadian firms can host events in the United Kingdom and ensuring federal agencies are agile enough to provide advice and services for fast-growing companies like Delvinia.Since taking power in 2015, the federal Liberals have made big bets in hope of lifting Canada’s fast-growing sectors. Ottawa wants Canada to produce global-scale firms that will generate long-term growth and create lots of jobs.Among the measures, Ottawa has dedicated $950 million worth of public funding towards five tech “superclusters,” created a $100-million program to make the federal government a bigger customer of domestic firms’ innovative products and made changes designed to entice foreign, high-level talent to move to Canada.But CEOs interviewed for the survey, taken between June and September, said despite Ottawa’s efforts federal policy has mostly focused on helping smaller, start-up firms.“I think there’s a lot of frustration,” said Steven Denney, the researcher at University of Toronto’s Innovation Policy Lab behind the study. “I think a lot of the frustration stems from what I would say is a perceived lack of recognition.”For example, the summary said CEOs wanted government to give more opportunities to domestic firms when it comes to procurement.Denney said there’s a lack of data about companies in this scale-up category, which the project is also trying to properly define as way to frame policy debate. As he zeros in on a definition, Denney said these firms should have at least $10 million in revenue and between 60 and 65 employees and be considered high-growth according to OECD standards.“If we can’t define it, we can’t talk about it,” he said.The federal department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development could not immediately provide a response to questions about the findings.In a September report, an advisory group assembled by the department that included industry leaders said Canada has a strong entrepreneurial culture and startup capacity — but that it underperforms when it comes to scaling up companies.“The problem is that government programs tend to focus on entrepreneurs and small-and medium-sized enterprises,” said the economic strategy report on digital industries. The report said the government must refocus some of its programs to help high-performing scale-ups grow into global firms.Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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  • Diaspora against stability in Lanka

    The Sri Lankan minister said the main reason behind the conflict between Tamil and Sinhalese was cultural gap between the two races, not the economic disparity.Peiris said Sri Lanka has been able to maintain 8% economic growth after the conflict. Peiris claimed that more Tamil political leaders were killed than the Sinhalese leaders by LTTE during the conflicts. From 1983, there was an intermittent insurgency against the Sri Lankan government by the LTTE (also known as Tamil Tigers), a separatist militant organisation which fought to create an independent Tamil state called Tamil Eelam in the north and the east of the island. After a 26-year military campaign, the Sri Lankan military defeated the Tamil Tigers in May 2009, bringing the civil war to an end. External Affairs Minister G L Peiris said that Tamil diasporas are still ‘rigid’ against stability in Sri Lanka even after the end of 26 years of military conflict in the South Asian nation.“During the conflict, there was also fear of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) among the Tamils living inside Sri Lanka,” he said while presenting a paper titled ‘Equity, Opportunity and Empowerment, A South Asian Perspective’ during a discussion in the Bangladesh capital yesterday. “Our army is still involved in rehabilitation works like construction of houses and markets in the conflict torn areas,” he said.At present, the major income generating source of Sri Lankan economy is tourism as the sector has flourished tremendously after establishment of peace, he added. (Gulf Times) read more

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  • Israels central bank gives goahead to new digital bank

    JERUSALEM — Israel’s central bank says it has granted a pair of high-profile entrepreneurs a license to open the country’s first all-digital bank.The first new bank to be established in Israel in 40 years, it is the brainchild of tech executives Marius Nacht, who co-founded Check Point Software Technologies, and Amnon Shashua, who co-founded Mobileye, the developer of self-driving vehicle technologies.The Bank of Israel says Tuesday that the as yet-unnamed bank will have no branches and provide digital services to households, including providing credit, receipt of deposits and providing securities purchasing and sales services.Bank of Israel Governor Amir Yaron says the digital bank model has begun operating in other countries. He expressed hope the new bank would “lead to increased competition and the advancement of innovation in banking in Israel.”The Associated Press read more

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  • Bank of Canada caught off guard by surprisingly weak data deputy says

    OTTAWA — Doubts raised this week by the Bank of Canada about future interest-rate hikes and its prediction of a longer slump came after governing council was caught off guard by surprisingly weak data in a recent report, one of its top officials said Thursday.In prepared remarks of a speech in Hamilton, deputy governor Lynn Patterson said the Bank of Canada’s policy-makers had been expecting a growth slowdown in the energy sector over the final three months of 2018, particularly after the oil-price drop late in the year.But governing council members had not been anticipating Statistics Canada’s economic report last Friday to show a sudden deceleration in other categories as well, Patterson said. Bank of Canada holds rate as longer, deeper slowdown grips economy Stephen Poloz’s dashboard: The latest charts that matter most to the Bank of Canada We’re getting a look at the true state of Canada’s economy — and it’s no world beater The Bank of Canada maintained its trend-setting interest rate at 1.75 per cent Wednesday, as expected.However, in an accompanying statement, the bank expressed considerable doubts about the timing of future increases and warned the first half of 2019 is on track to post weaker-than-expected results.“Although we figured the economy was in for a detour at the end of last year, that detour may wind up being longer than we had expected,” she said in the speech, which was to be delivered to the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.“While the anticipated slowdown from the energy sector was fairly aligned with our projections, other categories surprised.”Patterson and her fellow decision-makers were confronted by unexpectedly soft fourth-quarter numbers in the areas of business investment, exports and household spending, she said.She repeated a line from the central bank’s statement Wednesday that said there was “increased uncertainty” about the timing of future rate hikes.Many analysts don’t expect the central bank to raise the benchmark until at least late 2019 — and some have started to suggest a rate cut could arrive before the next increase.The bank’s policy decision and statement this week also came after governing council factored in the slowing global economy, which has been affected by trade tensions — particularly those between the United States and China — and other uncertainties, Patterson added.“Some major central banks have changed their communications in recognition of softer global economic momentum,” she said before offering a hint of the closed-door deliberations behind the decision.“Here at home, Canadian data are reflecting this slower global momentum. In that regard, governing council spent a lot of time discussing the national accounts data for the fourth quarter of last year.”Looking ahead, however, Patterson said the Bank of Canada is optimistic that economic growth will build new momentum in the second half of 2019, thanks in large part to the still-strong employment conditions and improving wages. read more

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  • Stocks surge buyers descend on beaten down shares hope for QE relief

    Stocks surge: buyers descend on beaten down shares, hope for QE relief TORONTO – The Toronto stock market charged ahead for a second day Friday, racking up a strong tripled-digit advance as traders bought up stocks badly beaten down over the course of a string of market jolts and amid speculation that the U.S. Federal Reserve might extend a key stimulus program.The S&P/TSX composite index jumped 174.71 points to 14,227.68, leaving the TSX little changed since last Friday after six weeks of punishing losses that, at its worst at mid-week, saw the Toronto market down 12 per cent from the recent highs of early September.“You often see these reactionary bounces back up,” said Chris King, a portfolio manager at Morgan Meighen and Associates.It’s too soon to call an end to the pullbacks seen on the TSX and New York markets — something King said was necessary.“Equity markets valuations were becoming a bit stretched for core earnings. And core earnings I think are still intact but you don’t want equity markets to be too far away from them on a valuation basis and I think this is all good,” he said. “We’re very happy to see this correction finally happen.”The Canadian dollar shed 0.22 of a cent to 88.68 cents US amid data showing Canada’s cost of living was up 0.2 per cent in September on a seasonally adjusted basis after increasing 0.1 per cent in August.U.S. indexes also registered solid gains as traders reacted to comments by St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank president James Bullard that the Fed should consider delaying the end of its massive bond purchase program, given declining inflation expectations.The quantitative easing program is set to finish at the end of this month and has been one of the reasons for the recent volatility on markets that has slashed the value of stocks across the board. The program has been credited with keeping long-term rates low and fuelling a strong rally on stock markets over the last few years.Positive earnings news from General Electric and Morgan Stanley and rising consumer confidence also helped push the Dow Jones industrials up 263.17 points to 16,380.41. The Nasdaq ran ahead 41.05 points to 4,258.44 and the S&P 500 index advanced 24 points to 1,886.76 as the University of Michigan’s consumer confidence index for October came in at 86.4, beating expectations for a read of 84.U.S. markets have so far avoided formally falling into correction, defined as a drop of 10 per cent from recent highs, but that could change. Losses this week left the Dow down five per cent since Sept. 19 while the S&P 500 has fallen 6.5 per cent. Both indexes had been at or close to record levels and a correction had been widely expected since there hadn’t been a retracement in three years.Beyond the end of QE, traders have also been unnerved over a recent run of data pointing to economic weakness practically everywhere except the United States.The TSX is still down about nine per cent from its September highs.Most TSX sectors were positive Friday as traders moved into areas that have been hard hit as the market moved into correction territory this week.Financials were a major gainer, up two per cent.The energy sector was up 1.3 per cent Friday on top of a three per cent rise Thursday as oil prices in New York inched up five cents to US$82.75 a barrel.The component is still down about 16 per cent for the last month as oil prices fell from the US$95 a barrel level to bounce off the $80 mark on Thursday.Rising rail stocks helped push the industrials sector ahead two per cent.December copper was up two cents at US$3 a pound and the base metals sector gained two per cent.The gold sector was the weak link, down about three per cent as December bullion faded $2.20 to US$1,239 an ounce.For the week, the TSX was flat while the Dow industrials shed 164 points or one per cent. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 17, 2014 6:10 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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  • Greek referendum Campaigns neck and neck in polls reach dramatic finale

    by Derek Gatopoulos And Menelaos Hadjicostis, The Associated Press Posted Jul 2, 2015 9:06 am MDT Last Updated Jul 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ATHENS, Greece – Greeks packed city squares for dueling rallies late into the night Friday, as polls showed a dead heat between the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ camps ahead of a bailout referendum Sunday that could be Greece’s most important vote since it joined the European Union.More than 40,000 people gathered at the two rallies, half a mile (800 metres) apart, before Sunday’s vote on whether to accept creditors’ proposals for more austerity in exchange for rescue loans, or reject the deal as a show of defiance against years of harsh economic austerity.“This is not a protest. It is a celebration to overcome fear and blackmail,” Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told a crowd of 25,000 in front of parliament, who were chanting “oxi, oxi” — “no, no.” Tsipras angered Greece’s creditors by calling the referendum and is urging Greeks to vote no.Meanwhile, police said about 17,000 people gathered outside the nearby Panathenian stadium for the “yes” rally, waving Greek and European Union flags and chanting “Greece, Europe, Democracy.”Rallies for both campaigns were also held in 10 other Greek cities Friday.Tsipras is gambling the future of his five-month-old left wing government on Sunday’s snap poll — insisting a “no” vote will strengthen his hand to negotiate a third bailout with better terms.But the high-stakes standoff with lenders this week saw Greece default on debts, close banks to avoid their collapse, and lose access to billions of euros as an existing bailout deal expired.At the “no” rally, Athens resident Maria Antiniou held a handmade sign, reading “oxi.”“We have to strengthen Tsipras. It’s not his fault we are bankrupt,” she said.“He doesn’t have the mandate to take tougher measures and now we are giving that to him. It’s not true this is a vote on the euro. It’s a vote to change course and stay in the euro, and Tsipras is our best hope,” she said.That is a message the “yes” voters refuse believe.Evgenia Bouzala, a Greek born in Germany, said she was considering shutting down her olive oil export business because of the financial turmoil.“I don’t think we can keep going. Look at what happened in the last three days. Imagine if that lasts another six months,” she said.“A ‘yes’ vote would bring a caretaker government and that would probably be better … We have to start over.”The drama remained high in the final hours of campaigning.The country’s top court stayed in session till the late afternoon before rejecting a petition to declare the referendum illegal, while party leaders, personalities, and church elders weighed in with impassioned pleas to vote “no” or “yes” on the airwaves and social media.In a rare public declaration, 16 former armed forces leaders wrote an appeal to citizens to show “calm and national unity.”A series of polls published Friday at the end of a frantic weeklong campaign showed the two sides in a dead heat, with an incremental lead of the “yes” vote well within the margin of error.But they showed an overwhelming majority of people — about 75 per cent — want Greece to remain in the euro currency.Much of the ambiguity arises from the complicated question on the ballot paper:“Must the agreement plan submitted by the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund to the Eurogroup of 25 June, 2015, and comprised of two parts which make up their joint proposal, be accepted? The first document is titled ‘reforms for the completion of the current program and beyond’ and the second ‘Preliminary debt sustainability analysis.’”Voters are asked to check one of two boxes: “not approved/no” and — below it — “approved/yes.”“People don’t even understand the question,” Athens Mayor George Kaminis told supporters at the “yes” rally.“We have been dragged into a pointless referendum that is dividing the people and hurting the country.”Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis told Ireland’s RTE radio Friday that an agreement with creditors “is more or less done” and that the only issue left is debt relief.But the head of the eurozone finance ministers’ group, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, rejected the idea, pointing out that negotiations had been broken off.“There are no new proposals from our side and, whatever happens, the future for Greece will be extremely tough,” Dijsselbloem said.“To get Greece back on track and the economy out of the slump, tough decisions will have to be taken and every politician that says that won’t be the case following a ‘no’ vote is deceiving his population.”Germany’s finance minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble told his country’s Bild daily that any negotiations after the Greek vote “will take a while.”No campaigning is allowed the day before an election in Greece, so Friday’s rallies were the closing salvoes in the battle to persuade voters ahead of Sunday.___Online: Official referendum website http://www.referendum2015gov.gr/en/___Elena Becatoros and Costas Kantouris in Athens, Geir Moulson in Berlin and Michael Corder in The Hague, Netherlands, contributed to this report People attend a rally organized by supporters of the No vote in Athens, Friday, July 3, 2015. A new opinion poll shows a dead heat in Greece’s referendum campaign with just two days to go before Sunday’s vote on whether Greeks should accept more austerity in return for bailout loans. (AP Photo/Spyros Tsakiris) Greek referendum: Campaigns, neck and neck in polls, reach dramatic finale read more

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  • Yemen UN migration agency reports displacement spike in Taiz Governorate

    For nearly 20 months, Taiz has been the centre of intense ground clashes, military confrontations and aerial strikes between warring parties in Yemen.The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has initiated a system to track displacement from the major port city of Al Mokha, as accurate data is essential to plan an effective, efficient and impactful humanitarian response.So far, at least 25,000 individuals have been reported as displaced from Al Mokha, according to IOM. “This much-needed data has enabled the entire humanitarian community in Yemen to increase the amount and accuracy of vital support and protection it provides to affected populations,” said IOM Yemen Chief of Mission Laurent de Boeck in a press release. Since the start of the conflict in March 2015, IOM has tracked up to 426,672 internally displaced persons and 78,258 returnees in the governorate of Taiz. Earlier this week, Stephen O’Brien, the UN Emergency Coordinator, who is currently undertaking a mission in Yemen said that in an around Ibb and Taiz, he had met with families to hear their horrific stories of displacement.“Running from violence, bombings and shelling, these people from Taiz and Mocha had left with nothing. It is now ordinary Yemenis, host communities and humanitarian actors providing lifesaving assistance and protection,” he said in a news release, stressing that with so many people malnourished and sick, aid is not enough.“One thing is clear, though: there are no military solutions to this terrible conflict. Only sustainable peace can bring about the solutions, hope and future of Yemenis. I call on all parties to the conflict to come together and make peace. That is the best humanitarian assistance,” he said. read more

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  • Edmonton Oilers acquire forward Valentin Zykov off waivers

    EDMONTON — The Edmonton Oilers have acquired forward Valentin Zykov off waivers from the Carolina Hurricanes.The 23-year-old native of St. Petersburg, Russia has appeared in 13 games for Carolina this season, posting three assists and a  plus-minus rating of minus-1. He has also appeared in six games with the American Hockey League’s Charlotte Checkers, scoring two goals with 16 penalty minutes.The six-foot, 220-pound forward has appeared in a total of 25 NHL games with Carolina, posting 11 points (four goals, seven assists), two penalty minutes and a plus-4 rating.Zykov was originally selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the second round, 37th overall, in the 2013 NHL draft. He led the AHL with 33 goals in 2017-18.Internationally, he played for Russia at the 2014 world junior championship in Malmo, Sweden, winning a bronze medal.The Canadian Press read more

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  • Football Former Ohio State wide receiver Terry Glenn dies in car accident

    Former Ohio State and NFL wide receiver Terry Glenn was killed in a car accident Monday morning, according to CBS Dallas-Fort Worth. He was 43 years old. The accident was reportedly a single-car wreck on Highway 114 in Irving, Texas. ESPN’s Adam Schefter said Glenn was pronounced dead by the Parkland Memorial Hospital at 12:52 a.m.Glenn originally joined the Buckeyes as a walk-on. He did not play his true freshman season of 1992, but played in every season from 1993-95. He was drafted seventh overall by the New England Patriots in the 1996 draft. He spent 12 seasons in the NFL with six seasons spent on the Patriots, a season with the Green Bay Packers and five with the Dallas Cowboys before retiring in 2007. read more

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  • Extraordinary expectations awaiting Ohio State football

    It’s hard to imagine there being more hype surrounding the Ohio State football program than there is right now. Coming off an undefeated season in 2012, the expectations for the 2013 Buckeyes are to be better than they were a year prior. Nearly all of the ridiculously early preseason polls have OSU ranked somewhere in the top five. Braxton Miller – who appeared on this week’s cover of “Sports Illustrated” – is one of the favorites to win the Heisman trophy, despite being on the list with last year’s winner, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. Anything short of an undefeated regular season, a victory in the Big Ten championship and an appearance in the National Championship game will likely be construed as a failure for Urban Meyer and his squad this year. Perfection, after achieving it in 2012, is the goal for OSU in Meyer’s second season at the helm of the program. It’s March, though, and no one – not even juggernaut Alabama – is perfect right now. There are plenty of questions that OSU will start trying to answer come Tuesday, the first day of spring practice. Here are five: 1. Is OSU still angry? With the 2012 Buckeyes ineligible for the postseason, Meyer chose to motivate his players last season by telling them to take their fury out on the teams OSU faced. “You’re an angry football team. You’re a hungry football team,” Meyer was heard saying on “ESPN All-Access: Ohio State Training Days” last August. This season, though, Meyer, will have to go about getting his team focused and motivated differently than he did a year ago. Is the drive for a national championship better inspiration than the rage and “shock the world” mentality the Buckeyes had on way to a 12-0 season in 2012? 2. How much better will Braxton Miller be? Like the team itself, it will be hard for Miller to be much better than he was in 2012. The then-sophomore quarterback broke OSU’s total yards record for a season and was the Big Ten’s offensive player of the year. Miller and his coach, however, see plenty of room for improvement. Fundamentals and footwork are the key for the rising junior, Meyer and Miller both have said. “If he becomes fundamentally the best quarterback in America, I think he will be the best quarterback in America. I think it’ll be comical what he’ll do,” Meyer said. “But he’s not there yet.” How much closer has Miller gotten to getting there? 3. Who are the leaders? Meyer called the 2012 senior class one of his favorite groups of players he’s ever coached. Along with being close to Meyer’s heart, they were the most important leaders of the team. Without the leadership of John Simon, Zach Boren and co., OSU wouldn’t have achieved anything close to an undefeated year last season, Meyer said. Who will fill that role this season? Rising redshirt senior Jordan Hall was a captain in 2012 despite being injured for most of the year, and Meyer has said he’ll be a captain again. Apart from the speedy playmaker, Miller, rising redshirt junior cornerback Bradley Roby and junior linebacker Ryan Shazier are likely candidates for captaincy. 4. Who’s Miller going to get the ball to? OSU gained 5,085 yards of offense in 2012, and 93 percent of that output is returning. The Buckeyes are only losing 370 yards with the graduation of wide receiver Jake Stoneburner, fullback Boren, punter Ben Buchanan (gained six yards on a fake punt) and the transfer of wide receiver Verlon Reed. Wide receivers Corey “Philly” Brown and Devin Smith, along with tailback Carlos Hyde, were Miller’s favorite targets in 2012. Will that change in 2013? Hall, now healthy, is likely to be featured heavily in the upcoming season’s offense. He’s made the move from running back to the “No. 3” hybrid role made famous by former Florida playmaker Percy Harvin. Meyer brought in a top three recruiting class that featured speedy talent at nearly every skill position. Incoming freshman wide receivers Jalin Marshall, Dontre Wilson, James Clark and Corey Smith, along with running back Ezekiel Elliott, could all see the field come fall. None of those five will be on campus in time for spring ball, though, but come August they could push the upperclassmen. Is Miller excited for the crop of offensive talent OSU will display this season? “Heck yeah,” Miller responded when asked about the situation at an OSU men’s basketball game against Northwestern in February. 5. Will OSU make the jump other programs have in year two of a new system? Meyer is now in his second season at the helm of the OSU football program. In year two at Florida, Meyer won a national championship. So did Jim Tressel in his second year at OSU, as did Bob Stoops in his second season at Oklahoma. Are this season’s Buckeyes capable of winning it all in year two of the Meyer System? We’ll find out in the fall, but if it’s going to happen, we might get glimpses of the possibility starting Tuesday. read more

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  • National Television Awards Ant and Dec the big winners after tough summer

    first_imgAccepting the award, Sir David urged the audience at London’s O2 Arena to “protect our beautiful world”. Anthony 'Ant' McPartlin and Declan 'Dec' Donnelly (right) attending the National Television Awards 201 Acknowledging his cameramen and women he said: “These are the people who should be holding this but I know they would be joining me in what we were all trying to do was raise an issue which is of great importance not only to this country but worldwide.”It’s what we are doing to our planet. If our television programmes have helped stir the consciences of people around the world and that we are to do something to protect our beautiful world then all of us would be very pleased.” Ant and Dec react to winning the TV Presenter award #NTAs #NTAs2018 pic.twitter.com/Om8dWQBm4b— National TV Awards (@OfficialNTAs) January 23, 2018 As the ceremony began airing on ITV, the Britain’s Got Talent hosts revealed on Twitter they were still en route and watching the opening on an iPad.Photos from the red carpet saw them dashing into the ceremony where their Saturday Night Takeaway show was handed the first ever Bruce Forsyth Entertainment prize ahead of The Graham Norton Show, All Round to Mrs Brown’s and Celebrity Juice. Broadchurch beat off competition from Line Of Duty, Sherlock and Little Boy Blue in the crime drama category with star – and the new star of Doctor Who – Jodie Whittaker dedicating the win to survivors of sexual assault.Emmerdale beat Hollyoaks, EastEnders and Coronation Street to win the serial drama prize while the soap’s Danny Walters took home the best newcomer prize.Coronation Street’s Lucy Fallon claimed the serial drama performance while Peter Kay’s Car Share won the comedy show award with the comedian “gutted” to not be at the ceremony according to his co-star Sian Gibson.Kay announced in December that he had to cancel his first live tour in eight years due to “unforeseen family circumstances”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Paul O’Grady speaks to Roman Kemp about his award for For The Love of Dogs #NTAs #NTAs2018 pic.twitter.com/hN2qMx6Oe9— National TV Awards (@OfficialNTAs) January 23, 2018 Anthony ‘Ant’ McPartlin and Declan ‘Dec’ Donnelly (right) attending the National Television Awards 201Credit:PA Ant and Dec were the big winners at the National Television Awards as they collected their 17th presenting prize in a row.The duo – who were making their first public appearance since Ant McPartlin announced he was splitting from his wife – also won the inaugural Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award in memory of the late all-rounder who died in 2017.McPartlin said winning this “really means a lot” following a “tough 12 months” and thanked “best mate” Dec Donnelly for helping him through it.He said: “It’s been a tough year for me personally, quite an emotional night so to kind of top it off with three awards has been … can I have a lie down now? I’m feeling very good thank you.”On Dec he said: “I love working with him and that was the one thing … I had a very tough summer last summer, I had to face up to a lot of things and my one thing was just getting back to work and getting back to work with my best mate, we done it.” Gibson said: “Obviously I have got to say thank you so much to Mr Peter Kay.”He is gutted he can’t be here tonight but he sends his love and he is going to be over the moon so we’re going to go and phone him.”The NTAs are voted for by the public and have been running since 1995. The pair’s work on I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! was the first win of the night with the pair almost missing their victory speech after being caught in traffic. McPartlin said it felt “very, very apt” to pick up the award on Tuesday evening as the duo had just begun filming a tribute to Sir Bruce.Donnelly said they were “thrilled and proud and honoured” to collect the award on the same stage where they had performed alongside Sir Bruce at the opening of a previous NTAs.Sir Bruce was also remembered by his former Strictly Come Dancing co-host Tess Daly as the dancing competition was handed the prize for best talent show.Collecting the prize, Daly said: “I’d like to dedicate this award to my friend and yours the one and only Sir Bruce Forsyth. And I would like to say thank you for the memories.”Other winners on the night included Paul O’Grady who received a special recognition award for his ITV show, For The Love Of Dogs, and the Sir David Attenborough-narrated Blue Planet II which received the impact award.last_img read more

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  • Report WWE and Impact Wrestling officials meet at WWE Headquarters last week

    first_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest Google+ 9/13 Impact Highlights: oVe vs. Blanchard and Dreamer in Street Fight Main Event Impact Results – 9/13/19 (Kiera Hogan vs. Tenille Dashwood, Street Fight Main Event) center_img Facebook WhatsApp While actual details of the meeting aren’t known at this time, PWInsider is reporting that Anthem/Impact Wrestling officials Ed Nordholm and Scott D’Amore met with several “high ranking” WWE executives last week at WWE Headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut.The meeting took place last week after Impact executives returned from the Wrestling MediaCon convention and just shortly before the crew headed down to Mexico City for Impact television tapings for Pop TV and other international outlets last week.Vince McMahon reportedly wasn’t at the meeting, but members of Paul “Triple H” Levesque’s team were involved. A source described the meeting to Mike Johnson as a “general discussion” and a chance to get everyone in the same room.Any kind of suggestion about a “negotiation” or WWE showing interesting in purchasing Impact Wrestling reportedly wasn’t on the table. Anthem officials, much like they did upon the purchase of the company, have reiterated the company or tape library isn’t for sale. WWE has worked with Impact over the last year in utilizing footage to be used for WWE Network programming, including plugs for Impact’s Global Wrestling Network. Impact Wrestling announces move to AXS TV following Bound for Glory on October 20last_img read more

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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR McCoy Funds His Own Campaign Is Not Beholden

    first_imgDear Editor,Selectmen should be for the community and fight for people’s interest. Mike McCoy is that Selectman. He has done this in the face of controversy as well as pressure by special interests while always focusing on Wilmington and residents’ best interests. Mike funds his own campaign so not to be beholden to any one or any special interest groups. Mike always is and always will be available to the people. He is a proven community leader as indicated by his accomplishments as Selectman for the past 28 years. He works hard for the community and the residents. He will work just as hard when elected State Representative. Vote Mike McCoy for State Representative.Sincerely,Bob Fasulo Sr.NOTE: All letters regarding the September 4 election must be submitted no later than Thursday, August 30, 11:59pm.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Tewksbury Residents Should Vote Mike McCoy For State Rep Because…In “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Mike McCoy Is The Best Choice For Our Next State RepIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: McCoy Not Seeking Any Financial Donations Or Big Political Name EndorsementsIn “Government”last_img read more

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  • Schiits little amplifier punches way above its weight

    first_img The Audiophiliac picks the best receivers and amplifiers Target Audio Home Entertainment Comments 8 13 Photoscenter_img Share your voice The Schiit Audio Aegir amp. Lee Shelly Picture an audiophile amplifier and what do you see? A big bruiser that hogs too much living space and costs a bloody fortune. Schiit Audio broke the mold with its Aegir amp. It’s small, solidly built and sounds like a bona fide high-end amp. The price is right too. The Aegir is $799 in the US, £800 in the UK, and AU$1,299 in Australia. It looks like a near twin of the Schiit Vidar ($699, £700, AU$1,199), but while Vidar is a 100 watt per channel stereo amp, the more-expensive Aegir is just 20 watts per channel. What’s up with that? While the two amps appear similar, the Aegir is the more sophisticated design, and to my ear it sounds better than the Vidar up to medium loud volume levels. Not everybody wants maximum loud, or can get away with that, so for them putting sound quality ahead of sound quantity makes a lot of sense. I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s first get into the numbers. The Schiit website claims, “Aegir uses an exotic current-feedback topology, as well as a 100 percent linear power supply (with 7 separate voltage rails and 600VA transformer) and microprocessor oversight to eliminate capacitors and DC servos in the signal path.” That’s tech speak for a rather advanced design not typically seen in such an affordable amp. Easier to understand numbers include power ratings of 20 watts per channel into 8 ohms, doubling to 40 watts per channel into 4 ohms. For 4 or 8 ohm speakers, the Aegir’s first 10 watts per channel are pure Class A watts, from 10 to 20 watts Schiit describes the power as “Class A like” watts. Meaning they don’t conform to the strict definition of Class A designs. I have no way to verify any of that, but I will say the Aegir is the best sounding Schiit product I’ve tested.aegir-rear-1920Enlarge ImageThe Schiit Audio Aegir amp’s rear panel. Lee Shelly If you need more oomph, buy two Aegirs, run each one as a mono amplifier, and get four times the power: 80 watts into 8 ohm speakers. Aegir is smaller than most high-end amps, a mere 9 by 13 by 3.9 inches (229x330x99mm), but it weighs a hefty 27 pounds (12.2 kg). Even with the Aegir’s finned heat sinks running the full lengths of the chassis sides, the amp runs warm to the touch, so don’t plan on tucking this amp away inside a closed cabinet. The amp’s rear panel hosts a set of beefy looking gold-plated speaker cable binding posts, stereo RCA inputs and a single XLR input for use when an Aegir is run as a mono amp (the RCA inputs are only used for stereo operation). The front panel power button toggles between standby and power on settings. The Aegir isn’t just assembled in the US. The chassis, circuit boards, transformers, assembly, etc. are sourced from US suppliers. The Aegir is sold with a 15-day home trial and a 5-year warranty. The Aegir is a power amp and must be matched with a preamp. Schiit’s Jotunheim, Saga or Freya preamps will be fine partners for use with the Aegir. Or it can be used with any other brand’s stereo preamp.Is 20 watts per channel enough? That depends on how loud you listen, the size of your room, the sensitivity of your speakers, and the music genres you enjoy. Big rooms soak up more power than small rooms, and high sensitivity speakers need less power to play at a given volume level than lower sensitivity speakers. I split my Aegir listening sessions between two sets of speakers, the low sensitivity KEF LS50 and high sensitivity Klipsch Forte III speakers. Fueled by the Aegir, the LS50’s sound took on a burnished glow, with the tone richer and sweeter than I’m used to. Stereo imaging was superb, that’s what the LS50 is known for, but paired with the Aegir there’s more depth and body to the sound of vocalists and instruments on acoustic music. Still, playing Wilco’s A Ghost is Born album loud was a different story. Aegir put a lid on the dynamics and bass definition, and switching back over to the more powerful Vidar restored the music’s life. At more moderate volume level the Aegir sounded better, the mix opened up, and the sound of cymbals and percussion were superior so resolution of subtle details were revealed. I also noted that Vidar thinned out the sound on Ethel’s (a string quartet) self-titled first album, forfeiting the strings harmonic richness I heard from the Aegir. The difference between the two amps wasn’t subtle. That said, the Vidar is by far the more powerful amp, and with insensitive speakers like the LS50s playing loud, the advantage in sound quality shifts over to the Vidar. With the easier to drive Klipsch Forte III speakers, the Aegir played louder with ease, and the sound was much livelier with saxophonist Charles Lloyd’s iconic Forest Flower LP. This music moves gracefully with Keith Jarrett on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums. Dynamics were excellent, so the music had real visceral power, and that’s a rare occurrence with amps in the Aegir’s price class. The Forte IIIs synergy with Aegir was manifest in the way it sweetened the speakers sound, adding a fuller and rounder tone to the music. The amp’s control over the Forte III’s 12-inch (305mm) woofers was never in doubt, but it didn’t reach as forcefully into the deepest bass octaves as a $4,000 First Watt J2 amp did, and that model delivers just 25 watts per channel! It may have been outclassed but the Aegir got awfully close for a fraction of the price. Schiit’s on a roll: a revised version of their Ragnarok integrated amp and the first Schiit turntable are coming soon. 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  • Apple CEO Tim Cook visits White House for jobs meeting report says

    first_img Tags Share your voice Tim Cook Apple Computers Comments Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? • Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 3 Apple See All reading • Apple CEO Tim Cook visits White House for jobs meeting, report says Apple CEO Tim Cook is a member of the advisory board. James Martin/CNET Apple CEO Tim Cook visited the White House on Thursday to discuss job training, according to a Bloomberg News report, part of a broader administration policy to prepare workers for a changing economy. Cook was participating in an American Workforce Policy Advisory Board meeting, Bloomberg reported. The board, which was unveiled in February, includes the leaders of large companies and school systems, as well as politicians. Ivanka Trump, the daughter of and adviser to President Donald Trump, cited Cook’s participation in Thursday’s meeting, according to Bloomberg. Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment on Thursday. The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Training workers for more technology-oriented employment — including more proficiency with computers and smartphones — has become a focus of both the government and private sector. More than 40% of respondents in a recent poll said it’s become more difficult to find talent with the right technical skills.last_img read more

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  • Seward Coal Dumping Case Referred Back To Lower Court

    first_imgA federal appeals court has overturned a lower  court decision in a Clean Water Act case. According to attorneys for the  Sierra Club, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, meeting in Anchorage in August, has ruled that Aurora Energy Services and the Alaska Railroad Corporation are in violation of the Act by dumping coal from their Seward Coal Export Facility into Resurrection Bay.Download AudioWednesday’s ruling reverses an earlier court decision in which the lower federal district court said that the facility’s stormwater permit protected tAurora and the railroad from liability for the pollution. This latest decision finds that the terms of the permit prohibit dumping coal into the Bay. The Ninth Circuit has sent the case back to federal district court. Vicki Clark, an attorney with the Trustees For Alaska, represented the plaintiffs, the Sierra Club and Alaska Community Action on Toxics. “Well the judge would get the case back and then decide if there is a discharge of pollutants that’s occurring to the waters of the United States, then a permit would have to be obtained. So that will be the question before the district court. The court was clear that the terms of the stormwater permit that they have do not cover them, and so they cannot be shielded from having to get a proper permit under the Clean Water Act for these discharges.”Tim Sullivan, with Alaska Railroad External Affairs, said in an email Wednesday: “The Alaska Railroad Corporation  is reviewing the September 3 ruling from a panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding alleged violations of the Clean Water Act at the Seward coal terminal…… That panel reversed a decision of U.S. District Court Judge Burgess finding that the Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) under which the Seward Coal Loading Facility has been operating shields ARRC and Alaska Energy Services  from liability. Despite this ruling, ARRC and AES have not been found liable for any violations of the Clean Water Act. Notably, this ruling represents a small portion of a much larger lawsuit, all of which was dismissed by the U.S. District Court and most of which was not appealed by the plaintiffs.last_img read more

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  • India driving more revenue per user for social media firms

    first_imgNew Delhi: s user growth on various social media platforms in the key global markets slows down, India is helping social media players clock more revenue per user in the Asia-Pacific region, thus driving the overall social advertising spend, a new report said on Monday. According to Forrester, global social advertising spend will hit $165.6 billion in 2023, up from $75 billion in 2018 — growing at a CAGR of 17.1 per cent. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us “Asia Pacific and the rest of world will grow fastest, capturing the US and Europe’s share of global social advertising spend. Asia Pacific’s share of global spend will increase from 30 per cent in 2018 to 35 per cent in 2023, mostly thanks to growth in China,” said Forrester’s ‘Social Media Advertising Forecast, 2019 to 2023’ report. “User growth is slowing down across most of the key markets in Asia Pacific except India. As such, key social players are now focusing on increasing revenue per user to drive revenues,” the findings showed. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us Twitter has been experimenting with increasing its ad loads. “As a result, Japan, the largest market for Twitter outside the US, registered 35.1 per cent growth in its revenue per user in 2018,” said Meenakshi Tiwari, Forecast Analyst at Forrester. In addition, with slowing growth in the number of social users, revenue per user is the main way the social giants can drive revenues across key markets. Advertise With Us Value-added formats like video have been the primary drivers of revenue per user on social platforms. Social video advertising spend will grow from $17.6 billion in 2018 to $56.5 billion in 2023 — a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26.3 per cent, the report informed. Social video’s share of social advertising spend in India was 24 per cent in 2018. China’s social advertising spend will triple by 2023. “Asia Pacific will replace North America as the region with the highest social advertising spend,” the report added. China already accounts for 44 per cent of Asia Pacific’s social advertising spend. “We expect it to grow from $9.9 billion in 2018 to $27.6 billion in 2023 — a CAGR of 22.8 per cent. China’s key social players have acquired huge user bases and will start monetizing them aggressively,” added Tiwari. Other social platforms are now focusing on video in Asia Pacific. “While short video apps were the main surprise for social marketers in 2018, players like Tencent, Twitter, and Weibo are now also growing their video advertising revenues. “Their efforts to facilitate the creation and distribution of video content on their platforms have created an environment that is more conducive to video ads,” the report mentioned.last_img read more

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  • Indian womens team has a strong attack Chief coach Mathias Ahrens

    first_imgIndian women’s hockey team chief coach Mathias Ahrens said that his forwards are preparing well and have a strong attack to take on other teams in the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final, to be played here from June 20 to July 5.“The teams will be evenly placed and all will depend on the initial pressure. On that front we have a strong attack and I am confident of a good start,” said Ahrens on Monday. “The girls realise that continuing ball possession in the opponents D is important and the team is working on short passes and their reaction time once in the D as time will be the key. They have to enter, finish the job in a matter of seconds.”India have been grouped in Pool B with hosts Belgium, Australia, New Zealand and Poland. They will open their campaign against Belgium on June 20. “Our first match is against the Belgium. They will have just one advantage over us, which will be playing in front of their home crowd,” said German.last_img read more

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  • Warehouse fire at Hard Rock Cancun controlled after four hours

    first_imgPolice kept the area closed off while firemen worked at containing the fire. An apparent short circuit in the electrical system was said to be the cause. The fire, which happened Sunday morning, was found in their hotel warehouse in the Cancun Hotel Zone around 5:00 a.m. Cancun firemen were sent to the hotel to battle smoke and flames, which took more than four hours to contain. Cancun, Q.R. — A warehouse fire at the Hard Rock Hotel in Cancun kept firefighters busy for more than four hours early Sunday. center_img Although paramedics were called to the scene, there were no reported injuries Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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  • Cancun police take down human trafficking ring

    first_imgThe Kuiki Motel has been seized by the Attorney General of the State of Quintana Roo. This is the second case of human trafficking in the region this year. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Cancun, Q.R. — Ministerial Police and prosecutors of the Public Ministry have arrested two men and one woman for human trafficking at a Cancun motel. The arrests were made after an operation was derived from a citizen complaint Wednesday. Police raided Motel Kuiki in region 239 of Cancun and found two female victims, one of which was 14 years old. News of the arrests were made during a press conference by la Fiscalía General del Estado (FGE). During their investigation, police established that Luis N transferred two women, one of them being the minor, via a taxi with the purpose of providing sexual services. Ministerial police observed that a teenager got out of the taxi and walked to the motel, while the driver of the taxi waited. The Quintana Roo prosecutor confirmed that they will proceed to remove his concession from the Andrés Quintana Roo taxi driver’s union since the unit was being used for illicit activities. “Two of them are employees from the motel. They allowed the minor to physically register,” said Oscar Montes de Oca. center_img Two motel employees, Pedro N and Claudia N, were also taken into custody for investigation into their involvement. The three people arrested have been identified as Luis N, Pedro N and Claudia N. “There are more groups dedicated to this activity. We are advancing in the investigation. We will continue fighting this crime, even more so when the victims are minors. Now, we are investigating three criminal groups dedicated to this matter,” he added. When investigating Luis N, the taxi driver, he said he was waiting for the minor who was performing a “sexual service” inside the motel, which was when police raided the motel and rescued the teen. Police have since learned that Luis N has webpages and a WhatsApp group aimed at advertising these services to minors. last_img read more

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